- There is hope for Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state to get the PDP's governorship for a second term in office
- This is as the winner of the PDP guber ticket in the northern state, Ibrahim Kashim, voluntarily withdrew from the race
- Governor Mohammed had contested for the PDP's presidential ticket but lost to former VP Atiku Abubakar
Bauchi state - Ibrahim Kashim, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship candidate in Bauchi state, has reportedly stepped down ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The newspaper stated that the party’s state publicity secretary, Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, said on Tuesday, May 31, that the PDP gubernatorial candidate voluntarily withdrew from the 2023 governorship race.
According to Zainbari, the new primary election will take place on Saturday, June 4.
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How Ibrahim Kashim won the PDP guber ticket
Kashim was the sole governorship aspirant in the party’s gubernatorial primary election in which he amassed all the delegates’ votes of 655 with only one invalid vote, to emerge the governorship candidate last week.
The immediate-past Secretary to the State Government (SSG), joined the Bauchi gubernatorial race after incumbent Governor Bala Mohammed opted for presidential race on the platform of the party.
However, Governor Mohammed lost the presidential primary election to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Kashim allegedly refused to hand over guber ticket to Governor Mohammed
There were reports of disagreement between Governor Mohammed and Kashim after the primaries, according to Daily Trust.
Kashim allegedly refused to hand over the ticket to the governor who was defeated at the PDP presidential primary.
With the former SSG's exit from the race, Governor Mohammed may clinch the guber ticket on Saturday to contest for a second term in office.
Saddique Abubakar wins APC guber ticket in Bauchi state
Meanwhile, the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Sadiqque Abubakar, was on Thursday, May 27 elected the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state.
Abubakar, a distinguished military pilot, served as Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff from July 13, 2015, to January 26, 2021.
The retired air force officer scored 370 votes to defeat four other aspirants. His closest rival, Halliru Jika, a senator representing Bauchi Central senatorial district, scored 278 votes.